Northwestern pulls to within seven points late courtesy of a dominant 500 freestyle
Fall 2014: Backstroke specialist has seen limited action this season ... Qualified for the consolation final of the 50 back at Northwestern's home TYR Invitaitonal (11/21-11/23), finishing 12th overall in the event ... Also qualified for the 100 back consolation final at the TYR but scratched that heat ... Best dual result of the fall came in a fourth-place finish in the 100 back during a season-opening team victory against Illinois (10/17).
2013-14: Ranked in two events on NU's top times list, finishing No. 2 in both 100 back and 200 back ... Posted season best time in 100 back at TYR Invite with time of 56.48 on 11/24 ... Posted 1:59.49 time in 200 back at TYR Invite on 11/24 ... Swam in 200 IM at Big Tens, finishing No. 59 ... Finished No. 45 in 100 back at Big Tens and No. 37 in 200 back ... Reached finals of TYR Invite in 100 back, 200 back and 500 back ... Placed fifth in 100 back vs. UIC/Wyoming (11/9) ... Finished third in 100 back vs. Wisconsin (11/15).
2012-13: Promising member of Northwestern's backstroke group ... Owned the Wildcats' top times of the year in both backstroke distances while ranking fourth on the team in the 200 IM ... Moved into NU's all-time top times list in both backstroke events, ranking sixth in the 200 and seventh in the 100 ... Completed the backstroke leg on both of Northwestern's top medley relays of the year... Finished 29th at the Big Ten Championships in the 100 back with a season-best 55.59 ... Also competed in the 200 back (33rd) and 50 free (74th) at the conference meet ... Took third overall at the TYR in the 50 back and 100 back, and fourth in the 200 back ... Won TYR Invite bonus finals in both the 50 free and 200 IM (with a season-best 2:06.40) ... Qualified for both backstroke consolation finals against a tougher field at the seven-team Iowa Invitational (11/30-12/2) ... Exploded in the 200 back `B' final with a season-best and NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 1:58.57 to win the heat and skyrocket up to sixth on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... Scored points in the 100 back in Iowa with a 13th-place overall result ... Scored dual-meet points with 12 top-five finishes, including four victories ... Swept both backstroke races against Illinois (10/19) and also won the 100 back versus Purdue (11/3) and Iowa (1/26).
High School: Ranked as a five-start recruit by SwimmingWorldMagazine.com ... Ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Oregon and the 45th-best recruit in the nation by Collegeswimming.com... Has broken 41 Oregon swimming records, 15 of which still stand, and one national age group relay record ... Was the high-point award winner at the state championship meet in 2010, winning state titles with state-record times in the 200 medley relay (1:46.01), 100 back (55.22) and the 200 free relay (1:36.41) ... Also won a 2010 state championship in the 100 fly (55.37) ... Attended National Select Camp in Colorado Springs in 2009 ... Nominated for the Johnny Carpenter High School Athlete of the Year in 2010 ... Swam nine years of club with the Lake Oswego Swim Club ... Club MVP in 2005 and 2008-11 ... Has attended national senior level meets since the age of 12, placing second at Junior Nationals in the 200 IM ... Competed in the 100 back and 200 IM at the 2008 Olympic Trials ... Has 2012 Olympic Trial cuts in the 200 back, 50 free and 200 IM ... National Honor Society and honor roll member ... Scholastic All-American in 2010-11.
Personal: Born Karen Michelle Turner ... Daughter of Linda and Steven Turner ... Chose Northwestern over UCLA, Virginia and Missouri ... Major is psychology.